Sept. 20, 2011

Good looks = Good pay?
Houston Chronicle via The Ledger
It may not be fair, but it's not illegal. It's reality, according to a new book by a University of Texas economics professor who contends that good-looking folks earn higher wages, get better jobs and have more success in the workplace.More

State unemployment rate steady; Upstate jobs grow
New York State Department of Labor
New York State's unemployment rate was 8 percent in August, unchanged from July. The 52-county Upstate region — particularly the metropolitan areas of Ithaca, Rochester and Utica-Rome — led the state in job growth, while the educational and health services sectors added more jobs than other industries.More

5 reasons it's stupid to ask candidates 'work life' screening questions
Jane is getting ready to graduate from a top MBA program. She's married but doesn't have children. In a recent interview at an investment bank, she was stunned when the interviewer began asking her about her plans for children in the future. Yes, it's illegal to base your hiring decision on the information gathered from asking personal questions in a job interview. But let's face it, even in 2011, employers still ask. Why?More

States weighing limits on employer credit checks
Credit Card Guide
In September, California became the seventh state whose legislature passed a bill that would limit employers' ability to check the credit reports of people interviewing for jobs unless the information was vital to the job's duties. The bill follows similar legislation already signed into law in Connecticut, Maryland, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and Washington. At least 18 other states have introduced similar legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.More

Measuring and maximizing quality of hire
Measuring quality of hire is somewhat elusive but critical if a company wants to know if its sourcing, recruiting, assessment and hiring programs are working properly. More

Indeed launches resume search
Talent Management
Indeed.com announced the launch of Indeed Resume, an open search engine for resumes. Indeed Resume provides employers and recruiters access to millions of candidates. Indeed Resume is free during beta testing.More

Senator pushes for law to ban jobless discrimination
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said too many companies, recruiters and staffing agencies are refusing to consider job hunters who currently are unemployed. Brown is pushing for a new law that would ban discrimination against jobless workers.More

BEA releases state, regional income and GDP statistics
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Bureau of Economic Analysis has released state and regional statistics for gross domestic product, personal income and other measures related to employment, wage and salary disbursements, expenses and more information that sheds light on state and regional economies. More

Moving to the cloud to reduce hiring risk
Talent Management
At a time of high growth, one company's CEO explained hiring mistakes could be catastrophic. That's why he decided to take his company's hiring process to the cloud.More